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  • Secretary of State John Kerry Explains the Greenhouse Effect

    09/24/2014 6:00:32 PM PDT · by norwaypinesavage · 13 replies
    Global Warming.org ^ | Sept 16, 2014 | Myron Ebell
    SOS Kerry :“This is simple. Kids at the earliest age can understand this. Try and picture a very thin layer of gases – a quarter-inch, half an inch, somewhere in that vicinity – that’s how thick it is. It’s in our atmosphere. It’s way up there at the edge of the atmosphere. And for millions of years – literally millions of years – we know that layer has acted like a thermal blanket for the planet – trapping the sun’s heat and warming the surface of the Earth to the ideal, life-sustaining temperature. “But in modern times, as human beings...
  • Supreme Court Skeptical of EPA’s Greenhouse Limit Approach

    03/12/2014 12:06:28 PM PDT · by EBH · 1 replies
    Stateline ^ | 2/24/2014 | Jake Grovum
    Specifically, those challenging the EPA say it is reading too broadly its authority to regulate greenhouse gases, carrying over limits from vehicle transmissions and applying them to stationary sources such as power plants. They also say the EPA is picking and choosing which parts of the law to enforce by establishing a permitting scheme for greenhouse gas emitters, because its threshold for when those regulations take effect is above the law’s limits. The government argues a lower limit would potentially ensnare millions of buildings nationwide beyond the intent of the regulations, including public schools and some apartment buildings. It argues...
  • Solar Cells Linked to Greenhouse Gases Over 23,000 Times Worse than CO2 (Warmists very silent)

    02/20/2014 11:37:51 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 27 replies
    E-Release ^ | 6/4/2012 | Ozzie Zehne
    BERKELEY, Calif., June 4, 2012 – Solar cells do not offset greenhouse gases or curb fossil fuel use in the United States according to a new environmental book, Green Illusions (June 2012, University of Nebraska Press), written by University of California – Berkeley visiting scholar Ozzie Zehner. Green Illusions explains how the solar industry has grown to become one of the leading emitters of hexafluoroethane (C2F6), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). These three potent greenhouse gases, used by solar cell fabricators, make carbon dioxide (CO2) seem harmless. Hexafluoroethane has a global warming potential that is 12,000 times higher...
  • 1.5 Hours of PURE Bitcoin analysis

    01/31/2014 10:39:07 AM PST · by Errant · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 31 January 2014 | Reggie Middleton; Kin Greenhouse; Others
    This is a very educational show put on by Kin Greenhouse of "It's Rainmaking Time". She is one of the very few who eschew the soundbite driven media economy and chooses the long format, deep dive approach. While it may be too long for ADD crowd, it digs deep into a not so simple subject to foster understanding and comprehension. This was a pretty good show with an interesting cast of guests:
  • Killing Giggles

    08/07/2013 12:45:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2013 | John Stossel
    Global average temperature has been flat for a decade. But frightening myths about global warming continue. We're told there are more hurricanes now. We're told that hurricanes are stronger. But the National Hurricane Center says it isn't so. Meteorologist Maria Molina told me it's not surprising that climatologists assumed hurricanes would get worse. "Hurricanes need warm ocean waters," but it turns out that "hurricanes are a lot more complicated than just warm ocean waters." Computer models have long predicted nasty effects from our production of greenhouse gasses. But the nasty effects have not appeared. As far as hurricanes, more hit...
  • 5 Tips to Prepare for a Cyprus-Type Event

    04/08/2013 1:31:19 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 54 replies
    1) Have your Standard Preparedness Supplies in Order. 2) Have Cash. 3) Have Precious Metals. 4) Buy a safe, then buy another one. 5) Off Shore Banking.
  • The Economist Now Admits 'Mismatch' Between Greenhouse Gases and 'Not-Rising Temperatures'

    04/01/2013 8:50:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 03/31/2013 | Greg Richter
    The Economist has been fairly consistent in its stand that carbon dioxide emissions from man-made sources are the chief cause of global warming. But in an editorial this week, it sounds less certain. Global warming predictions haven’t panned out as predicted in the past decade, but the why is a bit fuzzy, the magazine admits. Greenhouse gas emissions have soared during the past 15 years, the magazine notes, with 100 billion tons of carbon having been added to the atmosphere between 2000 and 2010. Still, both air and ground temperatures during that time have remained virtually unchanged. In fact, the...
  • From lemons to lemonade: Reaction uses carbon dioxide to make carbon-based semiconductor

    05/21/2012 3:30:16 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    phys.org ^ | 5/21/12 | Marcia Goodrich
    (Phys.org) -- A materials scientist at Michigan Technological University has discovered a chemical reaction that not only eats up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, it also creates something useful. And, by the way, it releases energy. Making carbon-based products from CO2 is nothing new, but carbon dioxide molecules are so stable that those reactions usually take up a lot of energy. If that energy were to come from fossil fuels, over time the chemical reactions would ultimately result in more carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere—defeating the purpose of a process that could otherwise help mitigate climate change. Professor Yun Hang...
  • EPA: 2010 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increased 3.2 Percent (economic growth, electricity demands)

    04/19/2012 6:45:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/16/12 | Rachel Bogart
    EPA: 2010 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increased 3.2 PercentBy Rachel Bogart | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 According to Reuters, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. increased 3.2 percent in 2010 over the previous year, most likely due to economic growth in the country and electricity demands during the stifling summer. Here are some facts about greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and steps being taken to reduce its emission levels. * Fossil fuel combustion contributes to a major portion of greenhouse gas emissions and in 2010 it contributed about...
  • Never Before

    03/29/2012 3:59:36 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 21, 2012, 9:00 pm | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    The constitutional challenge to the law’s requirement for people to buy health insurance — specifically, the argument that the mandate exceeds Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause — is rhetorically powerful but analytically so weak that it dissolves on close inspection. There’s just no there there.
  • I have a Science Question (vanity)

    11/03/2011 4:03:50 AM PDT · by 30Moves · 38 replies
    self | 11/3/11 | 30Moves
    Do the hot coals left over from a wood stove put in a metal bucket and left in my greenhouse give off CO2 or Carbon Monoxide or both? I do this to keep the temp above freezing - the greenhouse is not completely air-tight - due to my inept construction it cannot be :) - so there is some fresh air getting in. Will doing this kill my plants? I have done research but still am unclear.
  • Rising greenhouse emissions could tip off aliens that we are a rapidly expanding threat

    08/19/2011 8:28:20 AM PDT · by NMEwithin · 101 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 8/19/2011 | Ian Sample
    It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim. Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain. This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a Nasa-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make...
  • President announces deal to boost fuel economy

    07/29/2011 11:07:29 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 53 replies
    AP ^ | 7-29-11 | DINA CAPPIELLO and TOM KRISHER
    WASHINGTON—Ushering in the largest decrease in auto fuel consumption since the 1970s, President Barack Obama and automobile manufacturers Friday announced a deal that will save drivers money at the pump and dramatically cut heat-trapping gases coming from tailpipes. The agreement pledges to double overall fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, bringing major under-the-hood changes for the nation's automobiles starting in model year 2017. Cars and trucks on the road today average 27 miles per gallon. "This agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we have taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on...
  • Chris Christie: Global Warming Real, Govt Efforts Flawed

    05/27/2011 8:55:35 AM PDT · by rightly_dividing · 49 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Newsmax
    Chris Christie says global warming is real. It’s just the very man-made government programs to correct its effects that are bloated and flawed. The Republican New Jersey governor launched into an explanation Thursday for why he’s bowing out of a landmark regional cap-and-trade program for power plants, according to Politico, but he first strapped on his layman scientist’s cap to give a brief overview of what’s widely considered accepted climate science. His decision to leave the program, known as the RGGI, drew quick praise from conservative groups, including the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, that have long lobbied him to...
  • Supreme Court indicates it will dismiss 6-state global warming lawsuit

    04/20/2011 11:30:47 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 20, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
    The Supreme Court signaled Tuesday that it would throw out a global warming lawsuit brought by California and five other states that seek limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants in the South and Midwest. Encouraged by the solicitor general, the justices said regulating greenhouse gases should be left to the Environmental Protection Agency. The issue debated before the high court Tuesday was not whether greenhouse gases are causing global climate change, but who should regulate them. The decision involves politics, economics and science, the lawyers said. "It's a question of tradeoffs," said Peter Keisler, representing the power producers....
  • EPA’s War on American Industry

    03/30/2011 3:55:12 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard -- the blog ^ | March 29, 2011 | Mario Loyola
    This Wednesday, the Senate is likely to vote on a measure from Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases as pollutants. The vote will be among the most consequential of this decade...
  • Stop Obama's EPA from Increasing American Energy Costs!

    03/10/2011 10:07:48 AM PST · by ocr1 · 3 replies
    Freedom Works ^ | 3/10/2011 | Freedom Works
    Even while gas prices continue to go up and recent turmoil in Libya and the Middle East further threaten America's energy independence, the Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) keeps pursuing a policy agenda that will only make matters worse. Specifically, the EPA is trying to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases and essentially enact a backdoor cap and trade scheme. Congress never intended the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases and doing so threatens to trigger new energy taxes, greatly slow America's still-recovering economy, and send more jobs overseas to China, India, and other countries....
  • House GOP Readies Ban on EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations (ALL of 'em - polar bears hardest hit)

    02/02/2011 12:42:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/02/11
    House GOP Readies Ban on EPA Greenhouse Gas RegulationsPublished February 02, 2011 Associated Press WASHINGTON – In a sharp challenge to the Obama administration, House Republicans intend to unveil legislation Wednesday to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and expect to advance the bill quickly, officials disclosed Tuesday night. The officials said the bill would nullify all of the steps the EPA has taken to date on the issue, including a threshold finding that greenhouse gases constitute a danger to the public health and welfare. In addition, it seeks to strip the...
  • Richard Lindzen: AGW movement driven by money, power and dubious science

    01/18/2011 9:14:32 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 10 replies
    quando ^ | Bruce McQuain
    One of the reasons I constantly ask those who believe in AGW what the “perfect temperature” for the world is and how we can achieve it is I understand that the only constant in the earth’s climate is change. The world’s climate has always been changing in various cycles since its formation. History shows us that we’ve had periods of more CO2 than now, warmer periods than now and neither of the events can be explained away by blaming man. How we got into this scared mode of screaming about gloom and doom if we don’t do something is both...
  • As EPA Goes Green, Businesses See Red From Lack Of Guidance

    12/01/2010 7:18:17 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/30/2010 | Sean Higgins
    Big business is bracing for a series of Environmental Protection Agency regulations set to begin in January. The problem is, it doesn't really know what those regulations are going to be. Neither does the EPA, which has essentially punted that responsibility down to the states. Starting Jan. 2, owners of factories, utilities and the like must meet higher standards when they apply for EPA emissions permits. In green jargon, they will have to install the "best available control technology" to limit greenhouse gases before they can operate. Tough And Vague But the EPA has no standard for determining what is...
  • The concert no warmist would applaud (Bono Total Hypocrite...Six 747 Jets, 55 Trucks)

    11/29/2010 12:00:27 PM PST · by Skeez · 11 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 11/29/2010 | League
    Bono in Tokyo in 2008: My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet.And the Keen for Green group applauds: If your (sic) looking for an environmental role model, Irish rockstar, Bono (born Paul David Hewson, May 10, 1960), of the band U2 is a good place to start. Bono ... participated in a tree planting ceremony in Tokyo Bay, Japan, in 2008, where efforts are being taken to turn a landfill into an 88 hectare forest. Bono has also been active in the Greenpeace community since 1993 when his entire band participated in a protest against...
  • Why Greenhouse Gases Won't Heat the Oceans

    09/01/2010 11:58:59 AM PDT · by Signalman · 5 replies
    hockeyschtick.blogspot.com ^ | 8/18/2010 | unk.
    Climate scientist Roger Pielke, Sr has noted that land surface temperature records (which comprise the vast majority of temperature records prior to the satellite era (1979-)) are unreliable due to land use changes and urban heat island effects, and that we should therefore look to ocean heat content changes as the most reliable metric for assessing global heating and cooling. The oceans cover 71% of the global surface area and hold at least 1000 times more heat than the atmosphere. Many have claimed that the 'missing heat' from 'anthropogenic global warming' has gone into the oceans, even though the heat...
  • Greed and secrecy mark nation’s first, biggest cap-and-trade program

    08/03/2010 8:02:19 AM PDT · by goldendays · 22 replies · 13+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com/ ^ | 08/02/10 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid desperately seeks a way to force a cap-and-trade energy bill through the Senate, folks in 10 northeastern states are getting a bitter taste of what such a program really means. In the case of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that includes New Jersey New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware and Maryland, greed and secrecy appear to be the most dominant considerations. RGGI describes itself on its web site as “the first mandatory, market-based effort in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states...
  • Climate bill blame game begins

    07/23/2010 7:16:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | July 22, 2010 | Darren Samuelsohn
    Eighteen months ago, Barack Obama took office pledging to deal with a “planet in peril.” His party held big majorities in Congress, and the House answered by passing a tough cap-and-trade bill. A massive climate conference in Copenhagen, with Obama at the center of the action, focused the world on the need to address global warming. Then came the nation’s worst-ever environmental disaster, an oil spill in the Gulf that put momentum behind environmentalists and scarred the image of big, polluting industries.
  • U.S. agency's action may kill Bucyrus deal, cost 1,000 jobs (Zero Enviro Policy)

    06/27/2010 9:41:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Journal Sentinel ^ | June 26, 2010 | Rick Barrett
    Up to 1,000 jobs at Bucyrus International Inc. and its suppliers could be in jeopardy as the result of a decision by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, funded by Congress, to deny several hundred million dollars in loan guarantees to a coal-fired power plant and mine in India. About 300 of those jobs are at the Bucyrus plant in South Milwaukee, where the company has 1,410 employees and its headquarters. The remaining jobs are spread across 13 states, including Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana. On Thursday, the Export-Import Bank denied financing for Reliance Power Ltd., an Indian power plant company, effectively wiping...
  • Europe’s Determination to Decline (Leaders still believe global warming is most urgent problem)

    06/12/2010 12:00:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 337+ views
    Project Syndicate ^ | 06/12/2010 | Bjorn Lomborg
    SÃO PAULO – In a heroic case of finding a silver lining in the bleakest of all situations, the European Union climate commissioner has concluded that the global economic crisis and recession actually provided a lucky break for everyone. Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says that the slowdown in economic activity will make it easier for the EU to achieve its 2020 goal of ensuring that greenhouse-gas emissions are 20% below their 1990 level. In fact, Hedegaard believes that cutting emissions has become so easy that European leaders should be more ambitious and unilaterally aim for a 30% reduction below the 1990...
  • Bill Gates pays for ‘artificial’ clouds to beat greenhouse gases

    05/12/2010 8:26:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 59 replies · 789+ views
    Times Online ^ | May 8, 2010 | Ben Webster
    The first trials of controversial sunshielding technology are being planned after the United Nations failed to secure agreement on cutting greenhouse gases. Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire, is funding research into machines to suck up ten tonnes of seawater every second and spray it upwards. This would seed vast banks of white clouds to reflect the Sun’s rays away from Earth.The British and American scientists involved do not intend to wait for international rules on technology that deliberately alters the climate. They believe that the weak outcome of December’s climate summit in Copenhagen means that emissions will continue to rise...
  • Time to Abandon Midwest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord

    05/07/2010 5:50:56 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies · 188+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/7/2010 | Russ Harding
    Rep. Tom McMillin, has introduced a resolution that would withdraw Michigan from the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord. Similar resolutions will be introduced by legislators in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Gov. Jennifer Granholm joined the governors of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa and Kansas in signing the accord, which calls for a 20 percent reduction of CO2 emissions below 2005 levels by 2020 and would require extensive economic pain with little to no environmental gain. Significant CO2 emission reductions will lead to higher energy costs for both consumers and Michigan businesses, resulting in a loss of more jobs (particularly acute...
  • Referendum on Calif. greenhouse law appears headed for voters

    05/04/2010 1:44:20 AM PDT · by legalwatch · 5 replies · 358+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 5-4-09 | Chris Rizo
    California voters will likely be asked in the November general election if the state's greenhouse gas law should be put on hold for rosier economic times.
  • US states sue EPA to stop greenhouse gas rules

    03/20/2010 12:10:02 PM PDT · by kwill4u · 6 replies · 276+ views
    reuters ^ | Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:38pm EDT | By Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - At least 15 U.S. states have sued the Environmental Protection Agency seeking to stop it from issuing rules controlling greenhouse gas emissions until it reexamines whether the pollution harms human health.
  • We, The <strike>People</strike>

    03/15/2010 5:31:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 363+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 15, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulation: The New York Times says the EPA should use its authority to regulate our very breath if a Democratic Congress isn't "goaded" into action. Whatever happened to government of the people? It's been a pattern of this administration that if the American people are adamantly opposed to it, ram it through anyway. So it's been with the health care overhaul, offshore drilling restrictions and now the Environmental Protection Agency threatening to become the uber-regulator of the air we breathe. The New York Times says in a Saturday editorial regarding that last item that if Congress fails to enact cap-and-trade...
  • Group says EPA's greenhouse finding could cost jobs

    03/15/2010 4:23:19 PM PDT · by legalwatch · 13 replies · 447+ views
    Legal News ^ | 3-15-09
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ought to reconsider its finding that greenhouse gas emissions pose a public health danger, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Monday.
  • Simple Chemistry and the Greenhouse Effect

    03/10/2010 8:41:34 AM PST · by BillM · 23 replies · 588+ views
    One gram of Carbon Dioxide heated at the surface by incident sunlight carries (2 * 539 = 1078) 1078 times less energy into the atmosphere than one gram of water. Carbon dioxide represents 0.0387 % of the atmosphere. Water in the lower atmosphere represents 1% to 4% or 25 to 100 times the amount of carbon dioxide. Combining the two statements above, Water is (25 * 1078 = 27,175) to (100 * 1078 = 108,700) times more responsible for greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide.
  • Greenhouse Opens in Parwan

    02/27/2010 11:26:47 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 125+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | Staff Sgt. Donald Reeves, USA
    PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of a new green house and well at the office of the the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, Feb. 24. Parwan Governor, Abdul Basir Salangi, attended the ceremony alongside members of the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team. The greenhouse and well are just two additions in a series of projects aimed at moving local Afghan farmers out of mere sustenance farming through teaching modern techniques and providing resources. The DAIL office in Parwan valley serves as a training ground for local agriculture officials. They act in...
  • Virginia challenges EPA ruling on greenhouse gases

    02/17/2010 9:22:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 449+ views
    WTVR ^ | 2/17/10 | Cory Nealon
    Virginia joined a growing list of opponents to the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to regulate greenhouse gases. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II petitioned a federal court Tuesday to reconsider EPA's decision that greenhouse gases, which are linked to global warming, are a public health threat. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Texas filed similar suits. Cuccinelli will argue, among other things, that EPA failed to consider how regulations will affect the state's economy, particularly in the coal-mining towns of southwest Virginia, spokesman Daniel Dodds said. "We're asking them to reconvene because it did not take in to account the economic...
  • Dutch aubergine grower pipes carbon dioxide into greenhouses

    12/14/2009 5:36:28 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies · 958+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/14/2009 | Alix Rijckaert
    Having a chemical plant sited next door to your plantation isn't what the average farmer might want for his crop. Jan van Duijn, however, walks proudly through his greenhouse, a vast glass and metal structure spread out over five hectares (12.3 acres) where millions of aubergines are doing very nicely thank you. He's happy because thanks to a deal with a supplier, he's getting hot water piped in from the factory, which produces ammonia, to maintain the temperature at a constant 68 degrees F (20C). The chemical site, five kilometres (three miles away), also supplies carbon dioxide which helps his...
  • EPA Finding Gives It Effective Control of the Economy

    12/07/2009 10:14:03 AM PST · by TonyInOhio · 70 replies · 3,413+ views
    The EPA is about to announce that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, something that has in many ways been inevitable since the boneheaded SCOTUS ruling in Mass. vs EPA (which essentially found that the Clean Air Act was always intended to be Kyoto-on-steroids.) With thanks to my colleague Will Yeatman, here's a brief summary of what this means, and why you should be appalled. Under the Clean Air Act, an “endangerment” finding means that the EPA will have to grant a waiver to those states (such as California) that want to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from automobiles. The EPA...
  • Climate drama climax looks elusive in Copenhagen

    12/06/2009 2:31:24 AM PST · by Dominic01 · 9 replies · 636+ views
    AP ^ | Saturday, December 05, 2009 8:26:05 PM | CHARLES J. HANLEY and JAN M. OLSEN
    For 20 years, as this crowded planet grew warmer, nations have gathered annually to try to do something about it. History now brings them to this chilly northern capital, and to a crossroads. The world looks to Copenhagen "to witness what I believe will be an historic turning point in the fight against climate change," says Yvo de Boer, United Nations organizer of the two weeks of talks opening Monday. It may witness, instead, history put on hold. The change in U.S. administrations a year ago had aroused hopes the long-running climate talks might finally produce an all-encompassing package in...
  • Former Times Reporter Challenges Media Norms (basically says reporters aren't liberal enough)

    10/21/2009 9:52:04 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 901+ views
    Cornell Daily Sun ^ | October 21, 2009 - 9:09am | By Dani Neuharth-Keusch
    ITHACA, NY-“Why is it just so difficult to make the search for truth the highest journalistic value?” Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times Reporter Linda Greenhouse asked a packed Lewis Auditorium yesterday. Greenhouse relied on her wisdom and experience as she spoke about the state of today’s news media, questioning the very rubric by which today’s journalists operate. Adolph S. Ochs, the founder of today’s modern New York Times, laid out his goal for the creation of a newspaper that would “give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of party, sect or interests involved."Veteran mind: Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer...
  • Podcast: The Belief in Climate Models

    10/14/2009 4:47:48 AM PDT · by mattstat · 4 replies · 405+ views
    Science and skeptical bloggers A small article in last week’s Science magazine frets that skeptical bloggers are teasing climate scientists over their failed predictions. Bloggers are pointing out that actual temperatures have not been friendly to climatologists, and have failed to rise as predicted. Some climate scientists respond by effectively saying: have no fear, warming is on its way—and this time we mean it! Climate forecast failures? Since 1999, most climate model predictions have been too high by a factor of about 3. Plus, actual temperatures have been decreasing, or at least not increasing. Yet the belief in the accuracy...
  • £1,000 fine for throwing food in trash under the 'zero waste' policy to cut greenhouse emissions

    10/12/2009 5:01:43 PM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 36 replies · 1,068+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 12th October 2009 | David Derbyshire
    UK - Householders could be fined £1,000 if they throw food scraps and potato peelings into the dustbin under a Government 'zero waste' policy. They will be forced to sift through their rubbish for anything that can be recycled, reused, rotted or burnt for electricity. The crackdown will create so much recyclable material that homes could be given five wheelie bins and waste boxes to cope. The controversial zero waste policy - part of the Government's drive to cut greenhouse gas emissions - will be unveiled tomorrow by Environment Minister Hilary Benn. The plans are due to be outlined at...
  • Arctic 'Warmest in 2,000 Years' (Global Warming Red Alert)

    09/03/2009 5:15:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies · 1,703+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/3/09
    Arctic temperatures are now higher than at any time in the last 2,000 years, research reveals. Changes to the Earth's orbit drove centuries of cooling, but temperatures rose fast in the last 100 years as human greenhouse gas emissions rose. Scientists took evidence from ice cores, tree rings and lake sediments. Writing in the journal Science, they say this confirms that the Arctic is very sensitive both to changes in solar heating and to greenhouse warming. The 23 sites sampled were good enough to provide a decade-by-decade picture of temperatures across the region. The result is a "hockey stick"-like curve...
  • The Nuts And Bolts Of Cap And Trade (For those who want to be informed of its ramifications)

    07/16/2009 10:23:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 1,500+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 7/16/209 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    The purpose of cap and trade (C&T) legislation is to reduce Americans’ consumption of fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—and to speed up the transition to alternate forms of energy, such as wind and solar power. The “cap” part would be a legislated limit to the quantity of carbon dioxide that Americans would be permitted to put into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. The government would then issue permits that it would sell or give (details are being worked out) to businesses who could then either emit CO2 up to the amount stipulated in their permit, or,...
  • Obama’s Transparency Nowhere to be Found for EPA and CO2

    06/23/2009 1:53:06 PM PDT · by Jeliota · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Free Republic | 06/23/2009 | Paul Zannucci
    Obama campaigned on it and even managed to talk about it a full week into office, issuing an executive order on January 23, 2009, promising to create "an unprecedented level of openness in Government" and "establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration." As usual with the words that float so effortlessly from politicians, they were just words. Undoubtedly, they will be paraded about from time to time like a USSR military review--whenever it's convenient to do so. One very important place where transparency is being hidden behind closed doors involves the very inconvenient science behind charging the EPA...
  • Vt. farmers cut cows' emissions by altering diets

    06/21/2009 11:32:55 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 39 replies · 930+ views
    AP ^ | Sunday June 21, 2009 | LISA RATHKE
    COVENTRY, Vt. – Vermont dairy farmers Tim Maikshilo and Kristen Dellert, mindful of shrinking their carbon footprint, have changed their cows' diet to reduce the amount of gas the animals burp — dairy cows' contribution to global warming. Coventry Valley Farm is one of 15 Vermont farms working with Stonyfield Farm Inc., whose yogurt is made with their organic milk, to reduce the cows' intestinal methane by feeding them flaxseed, alfalfa, and grasses high in Omega 3 fatty acids. The gas cows belch is the dairy industry's biggest greenhouse gas contributor, research shows, most of it emitted from the front...
  • GOP Opposes Democrats for Climate Proposal

    05/30/2009 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Westlander · 9 replies · 406+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 5-3-2009 | FOX News
    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, in the GOP's weekly radio and Internet address, called the House climate bill "a classic example of unwise government." The address culminated a week of coordinated Republican attacks on the Democratic proposal which would require the first nationwide reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
  • House Panel Clears Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

    05/22/2009 8:38:26 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 13 replies · 450+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 05-22-09 | IAN TALLEY and STEPHEN POWER
    U.S. Bill Moves a Step Closer, but a Global Deal on Climate Change Presents a Bigger Challenge for Obama Administration WASHINGTON -- A landmark proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions cleared a key congressional panel, bolstering prospects that the government will put a price on carbon for the first time and portending a major shift in how the U.S. uses energy. At the same time, China's government asserted a new, tougher stance in the face of pressure to cut its emissions, underscoring the challenge that the Obama administration will face in trying to forge a global deal to combat climate...
  • The Climate-Industrial Complex

    05/21/2009 10:45:16 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 5 replies · 387+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/21/09 | BJORN LOMBORG
    Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets. ...When the Kyoto Protocol was signed, an internal memo was sent within Enron that stated, "If implemented, [the Kyoto Protocol] will do more to promote Enron's business than almost any other regulatory business."
  • Democrats to Relax House Emissions Bill

    05/13/2009 6:36:16 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 17 replies · 571+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2009 | David A. Fahrenthold
    House Democrats said last night that they would scale back some of the most aggressive provisions of a bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions, a compromise designed to win the votes of fellow Democrats whose states rely on coal or heavy industry. Such a deal would give a crucial boost to a measure that is a key priority for both President Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill. It had run aground amid concerns that it would cost too much, or weigh too heavily on states in the Midwest and West... The basic structure of the bill remains unchanged: It calls...
  • Oregon Legislature - HB 2186 friday vote likely

    05/07/2009 10:12:20 AM PDT · by Danae · 11 replies · 561+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 5-7-2009 | Dianna Cotter
    As those following the insanity in the Oregon Legislature know, House Bill 2186 A Engrossed is scheduled for a floor debate and vote today. According to the House Clerks Office, and a glance at the floor schedule reveal, it is unlikely that the bill will be heard today. There are a total of 27 House Bills that were carried over from May 6th to today, and those bills will be considered first. The Clerk's office reports that the House Bill Schedule will be cleared tomorrow, meaning that they will hear and vote upon every bill to clear this legislative schedule...